Vallarta Real Estate: Home Staging Dos and Don’ts

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Deciding to put your home on the market is a tough choice – it’s become yours throughout the years, and it’s hard to let that go. A crucial part of home staging is removing personal items and memorabilia from your home, so potential homebuyers can truly envision themselves in the space. The less things there are to distract potential buyers, the more likely they are to focus on what the home has to offer.

Before putting your home on the market and inviting buyers into your space, it’s essential that you remove personal collections, sports memorabilia, family photos, and other personal knick-knacks. It may be hard, but many home staging professionals recommend putting these items directly into storage – that way you don’t have to hide boxes of items throughout your home and, once your home sells, you’ll already have the first stage of packing completed.

Neutralize 

By removing personal items such as photos and academic degrees, it’s easier for homebuyers to evaluate how their own furniture and personal style will mesh with the home. Ensure all trashcans are empty and the toilet lids are down. Remove all clutter from countertops and consider using mild air fresheners throughout your home, especially near pet areas and bathrooms. By depersonalizing your home and appealing to a wide range of prospective buyers, you can increase your likelihood of receiving an offer and help decrease the amount of time your home is on the market.

Clean 

Bathrooms and kitchens influence potential buyers the most, so ensuring these spaces are clean is crucial. Use paper plates, cups and utensils to cut back on dirty dishes the day of an open house, and remove half the clothes from the closets in case potential buyers take a peek inside. If you have time to prepare for an open house, consider having your carpets professionally cleaned, replace burnt out light bulbs, lubricate squeaky doors, and trim outside bushes to enhance curb appeal.

Highlight Your Home’s Features 

An important part of selling a home is displaying what sets your home apart from the rest. If your home has a fireplace, arrange the furniture to make it a focal point. In small spaces, use a mirror to reflect light and make the space appear larger. If your home has a pool or spa, be sure the realtor shows these assets off to potential buyers.

Though depersonalizing may seem like a lot to take on, it doesn’t have to be if it’s done correctly. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, there’s no time like the present to begin your home staging adventure. Visit our Pinterest board for visual examples of home staging done well. Happy home staging!


 


Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Voladores

Dance of the Flyers

We can’t recall just when we first spotted the Voladores on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta but it was at least fifteen years in the past, if not more. We caught them about halfway through their performance and we stood stock still, leaning back with stretched neck, and stared at the sky as they spun around a huge pole in their colorful costumes. We had no idea what we were witnessing.

Everyone in Puerto Vallarta loves rain. When the heat cranks up and the humidity builds to a point the cicadas are screaming, we pray for rain. However the Voladores de Papantla pray for us, when we are too busy trying to keep cool! (It doesn’t hurt to do our own, if we are so inclined. When it’s time for rain in Puerto Vallarta, we need all the help we can get.)

The Voladores de Papantla perform in Puerto Vallarta, while many voladores groups entertain throughout the country. Papantla is the town in Veracruz where dancing flyers hail from; a World Heritage Site of the Totonacs who still maintain their own language and culture. As legend has it, there was a terrible drought and the people were dying of starvation. It was concluded that the gods were withholding rain because they had been neglected by the human population. This resulted in five old men of the village choosing five chaste young men and creating a ceremony to placate the gods. A very tall tree, the tallest that could be found was cut and stripped cleaned. With gratefulness to the mountain gods, this tree was erected in the center of Papantla. There are many versions of this story, of course common with myths, but this is a compilation of a wonderful fable. One dancer balances on the top of a very high pole, singing and playing a flute, which imitates happy birds. Four others, attached to the top with secure cables jump and spin, which is a thrill to witness. They circle the pole thirteen times in accordance to the years of the Aztec calendar, totaling 52 rounds. The flyers, before they jump, stand in the four directions of the planet and their spinning is to symbolize the creation of the earth and regeneration of life. Apparently the gods were so pleased by this ritual, they granted the village rain, which saved the land and the people.

The tradition continues in many locations in Mexico and we are very fortunate that Puerto Vallarta has been blesses with these remarkable “birdmen”.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Tips for Selling Your Home during the Holidays

If you celebrate any of the winter holidays, then you probably don’t feel like this is the ideal time of year to be selling your house. But actually, the charm of the holidays – and the type of buyers who are out searching for a new home during this time of year – can make the holidays an auspicious time to sell your home. Here are a few ways to maximize your sale potential at this busy time of year:

Selling Your Home during the Holidays

Understand Your Advantage. Buyers who take the time to book home showings during the holidays are usually pretty motivated. Perhaps they need to find a home fast and are willing to pay top dollar, pay for closing costs, or waive contingencies. And since the holidays aren’t everyone’s first pick for when to list their homes, there will be less inventory on the market – giving you a competitive advantage.

Pour on the Charm. Admittedly, the holidays are a festive and beautiful time of year. Holidays fragrances like cinnamon and evergreen, pumpkin and cookies baking can make any house feel like a home. Yes, the days are darker, but nighttime showings can reveal how cozy your home is. Add plenty of warm lighting to illuminate see all of your home’s features and consider scented candles to maximize the homey feel of the season.

Deck the Halls … Tastefully. Not everyone celebrates the same holidays, but most people appreciate a tasteful display even if they don’t share in the celebration. Any exterior lights should be tasteful rather than gaudy – that quintessential New England look of a light in each window is very inviting. Inside, don’t go overboard with seasonal displays; rather, think muted. Seasonal flowers are always lovely when trying to sell a home, and holiday flowers are no different. If you aren’t comfortable with your ability to decorate so that your home will show well, consider hiring a professional decorator or simply enlist a friend whose understated taste you admire in order to help you create a pleasing look that recalls home and family.

Clean Things Up. Due to the elements, the holidays can be a particularly messy time of year. Boots trudge in, tracking ice, mud, and sand across your clean floors. Layers of winter clothing need to find a convenient home. Make things easy on yourself by designating a rug or boot rack where you and your family can leave your outdoor gear. When you know a showing is on the horizon, stow it in a closet. Your floors will remain cleaner and you’ll save yourself some fuss.

Take Time Off. If you are hosting a holiday gathering or celebrating in your home, consider giving yourself a break for a day or two to let your hair down and live in your space. Enlist family members in helping clean up once the festivities have finished. Some days are easy to take off – there aren’t too many prospective buyers hitting the streets on December 25th or January 1st.

Successfully showing your home during the holidays is all about organization and attitude. Plan your home sale right into your holiday schedule. Your home will look lovely, and without a lot of market competition, your biggest gift might just be that successful sale!

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Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates.

Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the

input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices.

AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980.

AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

What Realtors Need to know About Promoting Themselves

Plan Ahead. It pays to know who your target audience is, and how to reach out to these people. Picking a niche to focus on from the get-go helps you avoid taking on too much and spreading yourself too thin among clients. Try seeking out a certain neighborhood, or focus on a certain type of property, like apartments. Planning ahead also allows you to network and get the most information that you can before things get busy. The sooner you plan, the more prepared and successful you will be.realtors promoting themselves

Become the Expert. You can’t become a well-known real estate expert unless you really ARE one. Pick something you know really well and run with it. Learn everything you can and actually become the expert at what you do. Whether it’s staging or finding the perfect neighborhood, concentrate on what you know best and keep learning everything you can.

Networking. This means getting out of your comfort zone and approaching people you may not have talked to before. This doesn’t just mean social media networking either, this means have conversations with people, which are much more meaningful. It’s all about whom you know, and whom those people know. You may actually be surprised at how far it will take you.

Your Website. You want a website that represents who you are and what you do in the simplest way. Nobody wants to read through paragraphs of information and promises that you are the best at what you do. Anyone can say that. Use your website to show that you ARE the best, and use short, catchy phrases that will stick with potential clients rather than lengthy pages of content.

Get Blogging. Content marketing is useful because it connects you with your target audience. Writing blogs about certain topics in real estate will help establish you as a real estate expert. Of course, you’ll want to form the content around who your target audience is so that you reach the right people. For example, if you’re focus is on luxury real estate, you want to create blogs about luxury living and high priced homes or lavish design ideas.

Get Some Help. Hiring a PR team to promote you as a real estate professional will not only take a load off of your to do list, but will also result in more effective promotion. With a team to take care of all of your needs, from social media to media opportunities, you will have more time to focus on being the best real estate agent you can be. Rather than splitting your time between promoting yourself and selling homes, you can focus on your current clients and let your PR team do the rest!

 

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Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

Top Free Real Estate Marketing Tools

In the world of tough competition, it is very important to highlight the key factors of your business, and that is why marketing is the crucial part of every business. Identifying the correct set of free marketing tools is really necessary to promote your business without investing huge sum of money for advertising your business services and products. Here, we have come along with top ten free marketing tools for your real estate business.

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You, yourself is the first and foremost marketing tool for your business. Your intelligence, enthusiasm, focus, and compassion can take your business to heights that you cannot even imagine at this point of time.

Having a website is of utmost importance for your real estate business. Keep your website updates with all the services you provide and you can see how it brings important and quality leads to your business. Thus a website is a core marketing tool for real estate business.

Social media including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter could serve with a whole lot of prospective leads as well as positive promotions, which could grab your target market’s eyeball.

A real estate blog could be another way to market your services without investing much. As you publish quality real estate content in your blog daily, you are eventually increasing your web presence. And the benefits that a sound web presence gives you, does not require any mention.

Real estate postcards and fliers could be little outdated but they can still be the powerful marketing tools for your business.

Direct mail marketing and online marketing are the cost effective and efficient methods of marketing your real estate business and promote your services to attract leads.

Client referrals can create wonders to your business for sure and that is not any secret in the real estate industry. But for that you have to ensure that your clients are satisfied with your services and then only you can expect client referrals.

If you are looking forward to generate prospective leads for your business, attend the home buying seminars. There are no other marketing tools that match these seminars in promoting your business. Here you will get a room full of people who either want to sell their properties or want to purchase one. You can also make a good network of people here who could be of your use in the near future.

Give a modern approach to your marketing strategy, think like the consumers of your business and that is when you come across with a bug idea that could possible change all definitions of marketing.

A sound network of people walks a long way in order to promote and market your services.

Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

 

Call me maybe? Choosing a Realtor is like Dating.. 10 things to know!

Dating. The emotions run the gamete from fun to nerve racking. And it all starts with, “Here’s my number.” So what does dating have to do with real estate? Well, when it comes to choosing a Realtor and having a good relationship, the two are very similar.  So I’m going to give you 10 quick tips on ‘dating a realtor’.

Choosing a Realtor is like Dating

1.) Call me baby! When you meet someonegive them good contact information. We don’t want to call the bad date number you give out to the weirdoes. And double check what you’ve given us. We like the best number to reach you, the time to call you (we don’t want to interrupt you), and the email you check often.

2.) Be honest. We are not looking for Mr. or Mrs. Perfect Buyer. We know times are tough and you can’t afford the two hundred thousand dollar house on the 30 thousand dollar salary. We, also, know credit report scores are down. So don’t tell us you are awesome and ready to go, if you can’t afford it . We totally understand and are happy to show you houses in your price range!

3.) Check me out, hot stuff! Do your research. Ok, I know you Google the date you just had to make sure they are not wanted for crimes, so you should do the same with your realtor. Check out your realtor, do they have recommendations, a website, a good company name? Ask others if they know anyone, it’s a great place to start.

4.) Be ready for our date! You do your primping to get ready for a date, so we ask the same. No, you don’t need to get your nails done, but you do need to know how you are going to pay for your future home. Get yourself pre approved. Most sellers won’t consider an offer in this economy without a lender letter. More than likely your realtor can help you find one if you don’t have a bank already. (Psst, some lenders are better than others with credit issues, so check out a couple.)
And if you are paying cash, we need proof of funds, i.e., a letter from the bank, account statement etc.

5) .We’re not all easy! Showing homes isn’t jump in the car and go. To do our job well we have to call realtors, who call sellers, get lockbox codes, map out directions..it’s a process. So don’t just expect us to drop everything and run out to show you something. We have to make plans, it’s best for everyone involved. The more research we do to get ready for our date, the more questions we can answer for you later!

6.) Don’t stand us up. No one likes to be stood up, so don’t leave us hanging. If you can’t make an appointment, call us, text us, email us, but let us know. Nothing worse than standing at home and nobody to show it to!

7.) No stalking, please! When we call you, call us back. We don’t want to leave you hanging, but we don’t want to bug you either. So get in touch, it’s the nice thing to do.

8.) Don’t cheat on me. Once we are in a realtionship, don’t call another realtor. Sure, you drive down the road, see a for sale sign and call the realtor, just for information, you say. But why not call your realtor first. Realtors from any agency (REMAX, Century 21, Local brokerage) , show houses for all the agencies, it only makes sense (dollar and cents too!). So before you call another one, call me baby!

9.)We just don’t do it for you. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out. We feel it too. So before we go to far in the process, let’s just call it over. We don’t want to hear it from someone else. The key is to let us know. Whether it’s a call, text, email, whatever, drop us line and say you just don’t think it’s going to work, and let us know why. It’s hard, I know, but we need to know otherwise we won’t improve for our next customer.

10.) In love? Tell the world! We want everyone to know how much you love us! It’s how we get more business! Put it on the internet, tell a friend, whatever works best! We work hard for our money (at least most of us do), and we want you to know it and everyone else too!

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Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates.

Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the

input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices.

AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980.

AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

Puerto Vallarta: An Event To Remember?

Puerto Vallarta’s Famous Chili Cook-Off

Our first chili cook-off was in the late 90’s and we rather stumbled across a group that was largely gringos in the patio of a lovely little hotel with wandering gardens. We purchased tickets, tasted bowls of chili, had some ice cold beer and met a few fabulous people, some of whom we remain friends with to this day. The original Chili Cook-off mutated to what is now the 6th Annual Chili Cook-off, has moved to a much larger space and is contested between several local restaurants and bars, rather than local residents who simply wanted to show off their skills. However, anyone willing to cook up five gallons (!) is welcome to participate. Simply make sure you’re signed up by contacting Donna Wong at parosgreece@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 24th is Flag Day for Mexicans but up at El Rio BBQ Bar in Paso Ancho,  there will be another kind of celebration and it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun. The doors open at 1 pm and voting gets under way shortly after. We haven’t been able to figure out the difference between the popular vote and professional vote but the judging will be done in a manner there will be two awards. One will be the award granted by the pros and the other will be the winner by popular vote. Facetiously speaking, we consider ourselves professional tasters, but some may differ with our opinion. Tickets are available around town in Puerto Vallarta or at the entrance to El Rio, the day of.

This is a Puerto Vallarta charity event and the entry cost of $250 pesos gets you all the chili you can eat, some of El Rio’s riblets and one drink. Long time favorite Texas Embassy Blues Band will entertain along with a great singer Mikki Prost, who’s can probably tell us intriguing stories about chili cook-offs of the past. Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp of regional fame are set to MC. El Rio will be open for those who would rather have ribs or other menus items and extra drinks can also be purchased..

Don’t miss the raffle! We’ve won some great art and services at these events and you have to love the price for a raffle ticket: a non-perishable food item for the food bank. This is a popular pastime you won’t want to miss while supporting great groups, including but not limited to DIF – New Life Home for Boys and local daycares for disabled children, plus some awesome scholarship foundations.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Puerto Vallarta Do We Spend Less Here?

Cheaper Living in Mexico

We moved to Puerto Vallarta for many reasons and we will readily admit that fixed income was certainly a priority. The weather’s lovely, especially when we have the opportunity to travel to other destinations in and out of Mexico during the hotter summer months, but a big lure is the cost of living. There are so many ways to save living in Puerto Vallarta; it’s hard to know where to start.

Dentistry and anything medical is one huge expense we have avoided living here. We also attend as many of the free medical events in Puerto Vallarta as we can cram into our beach schedule, because there’s valuable information offered, plus we also get a chance to meet medical staff, which would be rare from the city we hail from. There are great medical insurance plans in Mexico, too. We’ve found medical services in Puerto Vallarta state-of-the-art, though offices and clinics are austere and lack pizzazz, which is just fine with us. We’re happy to know our money isn’t going into fancy art and marble countertops.

Vet bills? Pup and Kitten are in good hands here in Puerto Vallarta and the cost is eye-popping! We’ve even taken our pets in for services and walked out not one peso poorer. When they give you free care for something that would cost the same as a car payment up north, you know you made the right decision. Did we mention that both human and animal doctors will come to your house? Imagine!

We have a gardener in Puerto Vallarta! We have a housekeeper, too and life is so much nicer with people not just taking care of simple things but having knowledge about their jobs, as well. We admit; we don’t know how to wash floors properly here, to keep them skid-, insect- and bacteria-free. And plants in the tropics are far different than those we used to tend.

When something breaks, we call José, who seems to know everything plumbing, electrical, paint-wise and has even picked up furniture around Puerto Vallarta for us. He always brings a receipt and charges so little, we feel guilty. Of course we tip well.

Our carwash man comes to our house, once a week. He brings his own vacuum, which we plug in through the front door; uses our hose and has his own bucket, soap and equipment. His price went up this year; $80 pesos, and our auto looks spit-shined. That’s less than $5, by the way.

Car maintenance is unreal. We broke down on the road one morning; a mechanic came to get the car started, followed us to his shop and told us to come back in the afternoon. He thought we needed a new starter and he would need to get parts. We cringed. That was going to cost us. In the afternoon, we came back to hopefully pick up the vehicle. It was ready, interior vacuumed, windows washed in and out, and the cost for the entire job was $1000. That’s $54 USD and $68 CDN.

Some of our friends complain about the high price of eating out in Puerto Vallarta but we don’t need to eat at the very best establishments every night. There are so many amazing meals for under $100 pesos, all over town. And even the fancy places are very affordable.

Many other advantages are to be had in Puerto Vallarta with such things as party stores, clothing for adults and kids, shoes, hair salons, eyeglasses, hearing aids and batteries, and the list goes on and on.

Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Five Great Reasons to Buy a Home Right Now

The nature of market bottoms is that it’s hard to tell one’s occurred until prices and sales volume start to rise again. That’s why the best time to buy is when market conditions suggest a bottom.

That means there’s still some risk for homebuyers, since no one has a crystal ball that predicts the future. To take advantage of low mortgage interest rates and home prices still well below previous records, you may have to take a risk, such as riding out another short-term dip in property values.

Buy a Home Right Now

But the rewards may be well worth it. Here are five reasons to buy a home right now.

1. More jobs are available

Total nonfarm payrolls rose by 217,000 in May, and the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment increased in professional and business services, health care and social assistance, food services and drinking places, and transportation and warehousing.

2. Houses are a great hedge against inflation

The Labor Department also says the May Computer Price Index is up 2.13 percent year-over-year. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 percent in May, its largest increase since August 2011.

The CPI excludes volatile food and energy, so you can bet that the accelerating cost of things, otherwise known as inflation, also includes housing. You may be paying more for goods and services, but if you’re a homeowner, you’re better off financially. A major asset such as a home, purchased at a fixed cost, becomes more valuable when prices inflate.

3. Housing price increases are slowing

The median existing-home price was $213,400, over 5 percent above May 2013. Considering that the national median existing-home price was $158,800 in January 2011. That’s when the PMI Insurance Company said home prices relative to income are below market fundamentals in more than half of U.S. states. Prices overcorrected during the recession, and then they soared by the double-digits in 2013.

Now housing is correcting once again from an overcorrection. Now’s the time to take advantage of better homebuying conditions.

4. Mortgage interest rates are still low

During the recession, mortgage interest rates for a benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate loan, averaged 4.32 percent. Now they’re close to that and there’s no recession. That means mortgage rates have nowhere to go but up.

5. Pent-up demand ready to release

Since the recession, household formation fell dramatically to one percent of the national population. But considering that the leading age of the largest generation ever – 81 million Echo Boomers — is now over 30, the numbers should be closer to the 2.3% annual growth of the 1970’s, when 78 million Baby Boomers reached adulthood.

The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) said about 2.1 million households delayed formation due to the recession which allegedly ended in 2011. Now there’s pent-up demand for housing that should continue to drive home prices higher.

The takeaway

A housing recovery doesn’t occur in a straight line. There are surges and dips. Buyers could wait for better conditions, but the present alignment of falling mortgage interest rates, slower home prices, and larger selection is highly unlikely to reoccur.

This may not be the bottom, but it’s close enough.

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Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

Vallarta Real Estate: Vehicle Choices

What Car is best for Puerto Vallarta?

There are a lot of opinions about what car to buy to get around Puerto Vallarta and from whom to purchase. We’ve done a bit of research on this and remind you this is a blog and not professional advice or promotional services.

We’ve driven many vehicles in Puerto Vallarta, originally a Chrysler Le Baron convertible; not a car we would recommend driving in any country. The Le Baron was pretty to look at, got a lot of attention but it was horrible on gas mileage, had basically no shocks and the suspension was terribly lacking. In spite of its looks, it was a real rattle-trap.

Our combi was probably our best car all around, and what we would recommend for anyone looking for a vehicle to haul everything from groceries to topsoil. A Jeep is good for this, too but we found the combi was much better on gas, among other qualities. What is a combi? We jokingly referred to it as a combination paper weight/boat anchor when we had problems but realistically speaking, it gave us every little trouble. It’s the quintessential VW Van. Once we lost our keys in a river and were able to hotwire it; when the fan belt broke on a long trip, we made a new one from polypropylene cord that got us back home again before it fell apart. With removable seats, we could turn it from a touring auto to a working facility in a matter of minutes. And it was easier to sweep out than a Jeep.

For a regular car, a vehicle we utilized for driving around town, picking up friends at the airport, grocery shopping, etc, our favorite was our Jetta. The abundance of storage room in the trunk is amazing and we could fit an enormous amount of suitcases, along with a bag of lemons, bottle of tequila and a few cold beers. It was fantastic on gas and the maintenance was very low.

Speaking of maintenance, have a good mechanic; always carry his card and store his number in your cell phone. When planning to purchase a vehicle, take him along and pay him for his time. Do some shopping ahead of time, know what you want and let him help you, once you’ve narrowed down your decision to a couple or three choices.

Mano a Mano is a good place to shop for used cars; it’s a small magazine found about town and also available online at manoamano.com. There’s an English section and bi-lingual ads. Used (semi-nuevo) and new car dealers are willing to work with you and, as anywhere, love to wheel and deal. Good luck!

Que es cómo es.



AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.